The third Grand Slam of the tennis season is in the books and one of the favorites at the Internet gambling companies was a big loser.
Roger Federer was heavily favored in online gambling tennis odds to win Wimbledon but he didn’t even make the semifinals. Federer has fallen #3 in the latest ATP rankings and he is no longer the dominant force he once was.
Internet gambling companies will probably still favor Federer in the next Grand Slam event, the U.S. Open in early September, but he won’t be an overwhelming choice. He won the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open back in January, but he has not won a single tournament since then. He is now ranked behind Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the ATP rankings. It is the first time since November of 2003 that Federer has fallen to number three.
Nadal has won the last two Grand Slam events after Federer won the first. Nadal is now the clear number one men’s tennis player in the world. Nadal had little difficulty in winning Wimbledon as he routed Tomas Berdych in the final in straight sets. Berdych did move up to #8 in the rankings by reaching the Wimbledon final. It is the highest ranking he has ever held. The rest of the top ten has Andy Murray at number four, Robin Soderling fifth, Nikolay Davydenko sixth, Juan Martin del Potro seventh, Andy Roddick ninth and Fernando Verdasco at number ten.
With Federer dropping to third in the rankings it is possible he will play in some events before the U.S. Open in September. Having not won in six months, Federer needs to get some confidence heading into the last Grand Slam of the season.
On the women’s side, Serena Williams is a clear number one in terms of online gambling tennis odds. After Serena, the rest of the women’s side is pretty weak. Jelena Jankovic moved up to number two in the rankings with Caroline Wozniacki third and Venus Williams fourth. The remainder of the top ten in the women’s rankings have Samantha Stosur at number five, Elena Dementieva sixth, Kim Clijsters seventh, Francesca Schiavone eighth, Vera Zvonareva ninth and Li Na at number ten.